A growing number of seniors, when asked, would prefer to remain at home if they had chronic health issues or needed significant care at some point in the future. This is referred to as aging in place and it makes sense.
People don’t want to go and spend the rest of their life in a nursing home. Those who require significant medical care may not have a choice.
However, for the vast majority of elderly men and women who are recovering following a heart attack, stroke, injuries, or other major medical emergencies, possibly even surgery, or who are dealing with diminished strength due to declining health and muscle mass might have a difficult time getting through each day.
Daily tasks that were once simple become more complicated. It takes an elderly person longer to get out of bed, to get into and out of the shower safely, to get dressed, to prepare a meal, to clean, and so much more.
The older a person is, the more they are impacted by declining strength and increased health challenges, the tougher those basic necessities become.
If you want to age in place, you may need extra care.
Turning to family and friends may be your first choice, but it’s not always the best one. Yes, adult children, grandchildren, siblings, spouse, and others who care about you will certainly do what they can to help, but they may be more concerned about your safety then quality of life.
Inadvertently, you could find yourself trying to defend activities you still feel are relevant, important, or possible, even with your diminished capacity.
Instead of arguing over these things, missing out on maintaining as high a quality of life as possible, turn to home care services.
Home care services truly allows people to age in place.
Home care services agencies are best suited to support elderly men and women as they get older. These agencies seek out qualified individuals as home care services aides. Increasing numbers of agencies provide training, certification if required by law, ongoing support, and great flexibility.
When you hire through an agency, you may need somebody to help you Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for a couple of hours to get ready for the day, but need a little help in the evenings as well.
That’s difficult if you hire independently, but with an agency they should be able to accommodate your specific needs so you can age in place comfortably and safely.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Highland Park IL, contact the caring staff at Gentle Home Services. Call today (800) 860-9823.